A SERVANT blackmailed into becoming a princess’s decoy. A BODYGUARD determined to keep her alive. A PRINCE forced to execute his father’s brutal laws. A PRISONER used to keep him compliant. A WORLD on the brink of war.
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Series: Fate of Eyrinthia #1
Author: Heather Frost
Publication Date: June 18, 2020
Publisher: Self Published
Page Count: 370
Format: Paperback ARC
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★1/2
A SERVANT blackmailed into becoming a princess’s decoy.
A BODYGUARD determined to keep her alive.
A PRINCE forced to execute his father’s brutal laws.
A PRISONER used to keep him compliant.
A WORLD on the brink of war.
In one horrible night, Clare goes from kitchen maid to royal decoy. She has three months to become the princess’s perfect double so she can ensure her betrothal to an enemy prince. Desperate to survive, Clare throws herself into self-defense training, taught by her distractingly attractive bodyguard. The danger increases when a ruthless assassin begins stalking her, intent on ending the tenuous peace.
Across the northern mountains, Prince Grayson is his father’s ultimate weapon. He carries out the king’s harsh orders because the one person he cares about is his father’s prisoner. Grayson’s silent obedience is tested when his father plans to exploit the marriage alliance between two of their greatest enemies. If Grayson submits, the blood of thousands will spill. If he resists, the girl who means everything to him will die.
The fate of Eyrinthia hangs in the balance. Some want peace. Some want war. All will be thrown into chaos.
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All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.
Content Warning: Attempted Assassination/Murder, Death
In that terrorized moment, reality had hit her hard. She was a decoy. Her whole purpose was to be in danger–to face death–so Serene could live.
In the land of Eyrinthia, four nations vie for power. Long ago, one of the previous kinds of Ryden tried to conquer Mortis, Zennor, and Devendra, but failed. The resentment from his actions never left the land and fueled rivalries between the nations.
It comes to no surprise when an attempt on Princess Serene’s life is enacted by rivaling Mortisians. Luckily for the Princess, bystander and kitchen maid to the castle Clare, saves the Princess’ life. Lowly in status, Clare is assumed to be one of the attackers and is held in prison and questioned by the King’s Commander Markam. Even though her innocence is confirmed by the Princess’ guards, Clare is still posed with a difficult decision: become the Princess’ secret decoy, or die.
Without any options and younger siblings to provide for after her parents passed, Clare decides to take up the risky position of a decoy for the brown-skinned Princess that she resembles greatly. Without any choice, Clare is thrust into a life of opulence, but also an untoward danger. Clare’s life is on the line when someone tries to poison or kill her several times over.
His scars were not just skin deep. The wrongs he’d committed in his father’s name stained him. He was the Black Hand. He’d killed.
The storyline is split between four characters’ perspectives–the main being Clare’s. There is also Prince Grayson, known as the “Black Hand” and son to a tyrant King, Bennick, and Eliot. Hating that he must do his father’s bidding, Grayson tries to defy him as often as he can. He cannot break free from his father, as he holds captive the one person that Grayson holds most dear. Either he carries out the tasks he is given, or she dies.
”You’re not your scars.”
Ultimately this story is about challenging the “fate” that one’s life has led each character down. Filled with romance, this story equally has it’s heart-wrenching moments between characters that are easy to appreciate. This read is for those that love warring nations, political movement, royalty and romance.
Sexual content: Minimal – kissing only.
My Rating: ★★★1/2
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Heather Frost writes mostly YA fiction and has a soft spot for tortured characters, breath-stealing romance, and happy endings. She is the author of the Seers trilogy. She has a BS in Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore, which means she got to read fairy tales and ghost stories and call it homework. When she’s not writing, Heather likes to read, travel, and hold Lord of the Rings movie marathons. She owns two typewriters, sings in the car, and dreams of living in a castle someday. She currently lives in a beautiful valley surrounded by towering mountains in the wilds of Utah.
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